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January 27, 2014

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Association Events

None this week

Door to Door Sales

None this week

Public Safety Updates

  • CA: Oroville City Council faces light agenda for regular meeting tonight
    1.21.14 – Oroville Mercury-Register – Oroville – It may be a short City Council meeting tonight as the members get together to discuss a handful of new business items. More Info
  • KS: High demand leads to smoke alarm installation backlog
    1.24.14 – KAKE – Wichita, Kan. — The demand for smoke alarms is sky-high after a number of fatal house fires in the past few months in Wichita. Wichita fire officers say they are … More Info
  • NC: Editorial: False alarm fees need closer look
    1.24.14 – The Wilson Times – More than 99 percent of the 25,670 home security and fire alarm calls made to Wilson police in a recent five-year period were false alarms. City leaders want to … More Info
  • NY: Excessive false alarms to bring fines in North Tonawanda
    1.25.14 – The Buffalo News – NORTH TONAWANDA – The North Tonawanda Police Department is attempting to put the brakes on local businesses and residents with stricter enforcement of its “Avoidable Alarm Ordinance.” More Info
  • NY: Proposed NYC fire law would require ECS in high-rises
    1.23.14 – Security Systems News – New York – The city may mandate emergency communications systems in buildings higher than six stories after a man died in a high-rise fire this month while trying to escape down a smoke-filled stairway instead of remaining safely in his apartment. What’s the need and how many buildings could be impacted? More Info
  • TX: 9 times out of 10, a burglar alarm means no crime
    1.26.14 – Austin American-Statesman – Austin patrol officer Zachary Reed was cruising the northwest district on an evening in mid-December when a burglar alarm activation call from a business at … More Info

Industry News

  • Is the Nest Protect fire alarm giving users false alarms?
    1.20.14- 9 to 5 Mac – Some users, however, are reporting a number of unprompted false alarms unrelated to cooking or other reasonable instances. One user even reported the alarm … More Info
  • World’s Hottest Smoke Alarm Kicks Off 2014 With Top Innovation …
    1.20.14- Sacramento Bee – Aurora, Ill. — The Good Housekeeping Research Institute has named the First Alert® Atom™ Smoke and Fire Alarm one of the … More Info
  • Two-Thirds of U.S. Broadband Households Interested in Smart Home Service Bundles
    1.21.14 – Marketwired via Yahoo! Finance – Parks Associates research reveals approximately 66% of all U.S. broadband households find a smart home bundled package appealing, which could include a variety of home safety, security, and management … More Info
  • Security lags in protecting Internet-connected appliances
    1.20.14 – Security Info Watch – Recent online attack exploited security holes in home devices to transmit about 750K spam, phishing emails. More Info
  • A Failure to Communicate: How to Lose a Client
    1.20.14 – CEPro – Today’s security customers see home automation ads from mass-market providers and assume their longtime security dealer doesn’t provide those services. This needs to change. More Info
  • New niche website caters to summer sales industry
    1.22.14 – Security Systems News – Los Angeles, Calif. – Sales leaders and door-knocking companies now have a new website to help with recruiting. Who launched this site? More Info
  • With failures, alarm companies have little liability
    1.25.14 – Austin American-Statesman – A longtime client of ADT Security Services, the country’s largest alarm system company, Shakeri quickly pushed the panic button as he was directed into a back … More Info

Legislative News

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Brief Description and Current Status History



An Act concerning school security alarms and supplementing chapter 41 of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes. Requires school buildings to be equipped with emergency light and panic alarm linked to local law enforcement. No companion bill.
Status: 1/16/2014 : Introduced, Referred to Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee



An Act concerning alarm business licensees and amending P.L.1962, c.162 and P.L.1997, c.305. Revises law concerning alarm business licensees. No companion bill.
Status: 1/16/2014 : Introduced, Referred to Assembly Regulated Professions Committee



An Act requiring carbon monoxide detectors in schools, supplementing P.L.1983, c.383 (C.52:27D-192 et seq.), and amending and supplementing P.L.1975, c.217. Requires carbon monoxide detectors in school buildings. No companion bill.
Status: 1/16/2014 : Introduced, Referred to Assembly Education Committee



Joint Resolution approving permanent rules of the Oklahoma Uniform Building Code Commission; distribution.
Status: 05/22/2013 : Motion expired



Relating to promoting fire safety with long-life smoke detection devices; adding new sections to chapter 43.44 RCW; and creating a new section. Representatives Takko, Johnson, Fitzgibbon, Ryu, Van De Wege, and Tarleton. Promoting fire safety with long-life smoke detection devices.
Status: Jan 23, 2013 : Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Local Government at 10:00 AM. (Subject to change)

State Trends

  • NJ: Essex County pol’s panic alarm bill moves forward
    1.23.14 – The Montclair Times – Legislative measures geared towards installing panic alarms and red emergency lights in schools await Gov. Chris Christie’s approval. More Info

National News

  • OSHA extends comment period for controversial injury and illness recordkeeping rule
    1.20.14 – Lexology – Last month, we published an article about OSHAs that would create a minefield for hundreds of thousands of employers nationwide. In a January 6, 2014 press release, OSHA announced that it would extend the comment period for this proposed rule by 30 days in response to a request from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). NAHB made the request because the rulemaking overlaps with the… More Info
  • Mapping crime before it happens
    1.17.14 – The Crime Report – A new software application developed at the Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice uses crime and environmental data to identify, predict and map locations that may attract criminal activity. More Info

Business Tips

  • How leaders foster an ethical culture (or not)
    1.16.14 – Associations Now – Many people naturally think of ethics first as guiding individual behavior, and of course it does. But ethics applies to organizations as well, and in order to foster an ethical culture — one in which individuals take responsibility for their own behavior — it’s important to understand what organizational ethics is. More Info
  • 11 tough truths about leadership that no one talks about
    1.14.14 – Business Insider – Ever wondered how the greatest leaders are able to handle being at the top so effortlessly? The truth is, these highly successful people do stumble, worry, and doubt themselves, but they’ve also mastered reputation management and the way they’re perceived. More Info
  • Want to get hired? Don’t hug your interviewer
    1.17.14 – CNBC.com – Next, don’t blow the interview by hugging the hiring manager. First impression is key. Asking for a hug, acting out a Star Trek role, requesting the name and phone number of the office receptionist ‘ these are just a few of the outrageous ways that job seekers shocked their potential employers during… More Info
  • 8 Common Causes of Workplace Demotivation
    1.20.14 – Forbes – The movie Office Space is a cult classic because so many workers can sympathize with these demotivators. Can you say that you truly love your job? Not very likely, according to the research. Among other things, recent studies the facts are sobering and expensive. More Info
  • 5 Morning Rituals to Keep You Productive All Day Long
    1.14.14 – Entrepreneur – Adopt these five easy habits every morning to channel productive energy and mindful focus throughout the day. More Info
  • How to Get Your Work Done (Despite Meetings)
    1.14.14 – CIO Insight – Create a workplace where meetings have meaning, collaboration coexists with accomplishing work, and business goals are clearly defined and achievable. More Info

Fire News

  • MI: Security alarm works: Octagon Barn homestead is saved after small fire
    1.23.14 – Huron Daily Tribune – Gagetown – There were some tense moments when a security alarm sounded there was something wrong recently at a Thumb historical site. More Info
  • UT: Smoke Alarm Helps Save Kearns Family
    1.20.14 – KUTV Salt Lake City – (KUTV) – A smoke alarm alerted a Kearns family of a potentially deadly fire Sunday afternoon. The family was sitting down to watch football when they heard a beeping sound from the alarm. The alarm had detected an upstairs fire that was shooting flames and smoke from one of the bedrooms. … More Info

Crime News

  • AL: Burglar flees from Lex Drive home
    1.25.14 – WAFF 48 News Huntsville – Huntsville police responded to a burglary Friday night. More Info
  • CA: Bank Burglary
    1.23.14 – MyMotherLode.com – Valley Springs, CA — A burglar climbs in through a bank ceiling, but leaves empty handed. Calaveras County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Umpqua Bank yesterday… More Info
  • CA: Copper Wire Thieves Hit Sacramento Country Day School
    1.22.14 – FOX40 Sacramento – Sacramento – Police are investigating a copper wire theft that hit a Sacramento school early Monday morning. Michele Gigante with the Sacramento Police Department tells FOX40 that dispatchers got a call that, around 3:30 a.m., power to Sacramento Country Day School’s … More Info
  • CA: SJPD arrest attempted burglary suspect at strip mall
    1.21.14 – KGO-TV Bay Area – San Jose police have arrested an attempted burglary suspect at a strip mall… More Info
  • CA: Suspect arrested in burglary
    1.24.14 – The Lompoc Record – A transient from San Luis Obispo County was arrested in Santa Maria in early Tuesday morning on suspicion of burglarizing a business on South Broadway, where police found the man loitering, according to the Police Department. More Info
  • CA: Valley Springs bank burgled, but nothing appears missing
    1.23.14 – The Stockton Record – Valley Springs — Someone broke into the Umpqua Bank last night but apparently got away with nothing, according to the Calaveras County Sheriff’s department. More Info
  • CO: Police: Skimmer found at Wells Fargo branch in Aspen
    1.22.14 – The Aspen Times – Aspen Police say they discovered a card skimmer at the ATM at Aspen’s Wells Fargo bank on Monday night. Police learned about the skimmer after they were dispatched to the Wells Fargo branch for a heat sensor alarm. More Info
  • FL: Cops: Intruder shot by homeowner
    1.20.14 – WPTV West Palm Beach – Suspect shot after a man in his home says he felt threatened by an intruder. More Info
  • FL: Daytona Police: Armed robber steals cashiers phone
    1.24.14 – Daytona Beach News-Journal – This image from a surveillance video shows the suspect in an armed robbery of the Quick Stop at 580 Mason Avenue, Daytona Beach, Thursday, Jan,. 23, 2014. More Info
  • GA: Deputies respond to burglary overnight at South Effingham Middle
    1.22.14 – WTOC 11 Savannah – Effingham County Sheriff’s Office officials say two suspects broke into South Effingham Middle School overnight and tried to get away with several items. More Info
  • GA: Thieves strike fire station in Habersham County
    1.23.14 – FOX 5 Atlanta – Authorities are searching for thieves who struck a fire station in Habersham County over the weekend. More Info
  • IL: Police: Intruder of historic Lincoln home arrested
    1.20.14 – KMOV St. Louis – Springfield, Ill. (AP) — A Springfield man is in custody after authorities say he was found in the basement of the Lincoln Home National Historic Site. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports that police believe the 23-year-old man was intoxicated early Saturday when he threw a brick through the basement window of the historic site and crawled inside. Police responding to an alarm at… More Info
  • MA: Man allegedly steals copper, valuables from burned Lynn house
    1.24.14 – The Daily Item – Lynn — A judge set $1,000 cash bail for a city man whom a homeowner said he caught multiple times inside a burned-out house trying to steal copper and other valuables. More Info
  • MA: Marblehead police-log excerpts: Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014
    1.21.14 – Marblehead Reporter – 12:10 p.m. Assisted with investigation of hold-up alarm from teller station at bank on Loring Avenue in Salem. It provided to be a false alarm. 1:23 p.m. Woman … More Info
  • MB: Police track down theatre break-in suspect
    1.21.14 – Brandon Sun – A man seen lurking about several south-end businesses is accused of a break-in at Capitol Theatre. Police say they responded to an alarm at the theatre just before 6 a.m. on Monday. When officers arrived, they could see a man inside the building, but he ducked out through an alternate exit and… More Info
  • MI: Break-in under investigation at Plainfield Avenue tobacco shop
    1.22.14 – The Grand Rapids Press – Police were called to the store at 2:26 a.m. Jan. 22 after an alarm covering the front and rear of the store began to sound. More Info
  • MI: Man charged in Lansing holdup gets $350K bail
    1.20.14 – SouthtownStar – A Chicago man who was arrested and charged with armed robbery Friday after two men robbed a Lansing grocery store at gunpoint Thursday is being held on $350,000 bail. Police responded to an alarm about 12:30 a.m. Thursday at Mitchell’s Foods. The clerk told officers two men — one of them armed with a handgun — entered the store and demanded money from the register, according … More Info
  • MI: Police looking for driver who crashed into restaurant
    1.20.14 – WWMT-TV – The driver took off and an alarm alerted police. Police say the vehicle, a Chevy pick-up, was found around the corner on Blue Star Highway. Officers are trying to … More Info
  • MI: Tracks in the Snow Lead to Burglary Suspects and More
    1.22.14 – WILX 10 Lansing – Eaton Co. deputies track down suspects in a burglary at Duey’s Corner store in Vermontville. While there a suspected drunk driver got stuck in a parking lot and was arrested as well. More Info
  • MS: Gun thief tried to burglarize three stores in just a few hours
    1.23.14 – WLOX-TV Biloxi – The gun thief is still on the loose and authorities are releasing more information about his Friday night crime spree hoping to catch a break in the case. More Info
  • NH: Nashua police charge Merrimack man with burglary, resisting arrest
    1.21.14 – The Nashua Telegraph – Nashua police arrested a Merrimack man they said was caught burglarizing a city business early Saturday and then fleeing from police. Police were called to the Simoniz Car Wash a around 2:30 a.m. Saturday after a burglary alarm was tripped. Officers noticed a broken window in the rear of the building, and then spotted a person fleeing the area on foot, police said … More Info
  • NJ: Lawrence: Police arrest suspect in possible burglary
    1.21.14 – The Lawrence Ledger – Paul Brown Jr., 50, of Yardville, has been charged with attempted burglary, possession of burglar tools and hindering apprehension for allegedly trying to break into the Subs and Bites shop at 12:25 a.m. Jan. 10, according to the Lawrence Township Police Department. More Info
  • NV: Police Arrest Three Robbery Suspects
    1.22.14 – KLAS Las Vegas – Metro Police arrested three men in connection with the assault and robbery of a teenager. More Info
  • NY: Cops: Two teens charged in Calhoun High burglary
    1.20.14 – Newsday – The school alarm went off at about 9 p.m. and a custodian, a 59-year-old man, responding to the alarm checked the school’s security system, police said. More Info
  • NY: Two teens arrested after police catch them in the act of burglary
    1.25.14 – CNYcentral.com – Officers responded to an alarm at a home at about 12:45 Saturday afternoon. When the officers arrived, they saw the two … More Info
  • OH: Nine rifles stolen in Monday burglary
    1.21.14 – Marion Star – A burglary alarm was tripped. Noting a forced entry, responding police officers established a perimeter with help from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the … More Info
  • OH: Thieves Climb Through Roof, Hide In Store Until Morning Employees Arrive
    1.20.14 – WBNS-10TV Columbus – Police were searching for suspects who robbed a grocery store in east Columbus early Monday morning. Get the story. More Info
  • OK: PD: Man arrested after school break-in
    1.25.14 – KJRH-TV Tulsa – Tulsa police say they arrested an 18-year-old man after he broke into an elementary school early Saturday. More Info
  • OK: Robber caught on the roof of a Tulsa residence
    1.20.14 – KOKI FOX 23 – Making sure your doors and windows are locked always, setting your alarm, using the things you can use to prevent harm, because it’s out there,” said the victim. More Info
  • PA: Police take custody of accused bank robber
    1.24.14 – New Castle News – Police said they were summoned to the bank by a panic alarm and alarm company personnel told officers they could see employees on camera locking the bank … More Info
  • PA: Police: Prowler observed in Lower Merion
    1.25.14 – Main Line Times – Barking dogs are usually considered a nuisance but a Gladwyne resident is thankful for the 4:42 a.m. alarm after spotting a male dressed in all black looking in through the first floor bedroom window. More Info
  • SC: Bluffton Home Depot’s resident black cat given the boot
    1.22.14 – Island Packet – The Home Depot is searching for a new home for Depot, a black cat that lived at the store for more than 13 years, according to an online petition that aims to ensure the cat stays put. More Info
  • SC: Hole in wall leads to discovery of burglary suspects
    1.23.14 – WPDE Myrtle Beach – Florence – Marion County sheriff’s deputies responded to an alarm at Don’s Car Crushing in Sellers just before 1:00 Thursday morning, to find a large hole in the wall that led to the precious metals room at the facility. More Info
  • SC: Two men arrested for breaking into Don’s Car Crushing
    1.23.14 – Lake City News & Post – Sellers,S.C. — Marion County deputies responded to an alarm at Don’s Car Crushing in Sellers just before 1 a.m. on Thursday. More Info
  • TN: Man found passed out inside Cookeville Lowe’s
    1.22.14 – WKRN Nashville – Police responded to the Cookeville Lowe’s early Saturday morning after an alarm sounded to find a man passed out inside. More Info
  • TX: Police: Men break into 7-Eleven convenience stores, burglarize ATMs
    1.22.14 – KFOX 14 El Paso – El Paso, Texas — At least three men are in custody after two 7-Eleven convenience stores are broken into early Wednesday morning. The first break-in was reported at 1:05 A. … More Info

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